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  • Blog Post: WPF/E - Martha Rotter in Belfast and Dublin

    Martha Rotter from the WPF/E team is presenting in Belfast tonight and Dublin tomorrow. You're going to be hearing a lot about the technology codenamed " Windows Presentation Foundation / Everywhere " at the upcoming Mix07 conference, and this is the ideal opportunity for developers near Dublin and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

    On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers. The "one link to rule them all" for those who want to get started mashing a wide variety of services into their web-based applications is the Windows Live Developer Center on MSDN . 1. The Good: Virtual Earth API The...
  • Blog Post: Express Yourself (Expression Web, Expression Blend)

    The Expression line of applications are a suite of designer tools that help integrate the designer and developer's workflows. Expression Web Expression Web was released earlier this month. It's a professional design tool for creating modern, data-driven, standards-compliant websites, and although...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Ajax (formerly "Atlas") goes Beta 2

    They've just released ASP.NET Ajax (formerly ASP.NET "Atlas") in Beta 2 over on the ASP.NET site. (In fact, atlas.asp.net now redirects to ajax.asp.net .) They've changed the control namespaces from atlas: to asp: , so I need to do a bit of search-'n'-replace on Mosaic Art by Siofra , my long-suffering...
  • Blog Post: Must-have Add-Ins for Internet Explorer 7

    The Internet Explorer 7 Team posted an amazing list of must-have Add-Ins for IE7 . Some I'd seen, some were new, and I'm using almost all of them now. If you're not surfing the web with IE7 yet, you can get it here , or Automatic Updates will push it out to you in a few weeks, as described in this...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live for Developers: Online Resource hub. In Beta, natch.

    What does Windows Live have to offer Developers? Have you ever wanted to... ... add Virtual Earth to a website? ... use the Live platform to build Messenger activities ? ... build Search on your site? ... write your own Gadgets ? ... perform authentication and authorization with Live...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - scripting your database for moving to your hoster - Hosting Toolkit

    I've written before about how to ease the challenge of scripting your data to move it from a local SQL Server 2005 .mdf database to a hoster. Things got a little easier today with the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit , which, in its first incarnation, is a command line tool that generates a T-SQL script...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a few great launch Partners

    Launch is coming soon, not just for Windows Vista and .NET 3.0, but also the 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007. We're looking for a few great Partners to be involved in this very significant event. Over the past two weeks, I've met with local development teams who are building applications using...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

    Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
  • Blog Post: Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

    Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 19 Sept 2006

    Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET - available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support...
  • Blog Post: IIS7 guaranteed to impress developers and IT Professionals

    Internet Information Services 7 (IIS7) contains a goldmine of features that will impress both developers and IT Professionals. I presented last night's Atlas talk using Vista RC1, which gave me an opportunity while preparing to explore IIS7 in a bit more detail. I was so impressed with my experience...
  • Blog Post: 'Atlas' gets its real name, and gets talked about in Cork tonight

    " Atlas ," Microsoft's framework for building richer, more interactive, cross-browser web applications, has been given its real name(s): The Microsoft AJAX Library, the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. More details about the ship date and feature delivery plan for...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET "Atlas" July CTP looks solid

    I've just updated the Mosaic Art by Siofra site to the July CTP of Atlas. It's a simple site built with Atlas over a weekend, which I have shown a couple of times during demos. Although there isn't much difference from an end-user's perspective, some issues I had with the site's admin menus have gone...
  • Blog Post: Technology behind Art (or, how I built 'Mosaic Art By Siofra') (ASP.NET, Atlas Control Toolkit, RSS Toolkit, Flickr.NET)

    Mosaic Art by Siofra is a simple website built with ASP.NET that incorporates some interesting features, such as web service communications, an RSS feed, and quite a few AJAX tricks. Here are a few of the technologies that allowed me to create the site very quickly, and without writing any javascript...
  • Blog Post: Atlas keynote at ApacheCon Europe

    Wow - thanks to everyone who attended my Atlas presentation at ApacheCon Europe today. I was overwhelmed by the full house and the warm reception. And it was kinda cool to be the Microsoft guy running Apache and PHP on his laptop :) Here are my slides (zipped .ppt) . I started with a brief Introduction...
  • Blog Post: New Atlas Control Toolkit release on CodePlex

    Have you seen CodePlex ? It's like "Team Foundation Server in the Sky." I would love to have an online TFS database service like that for all my development projects. CodePlex is home to some very interesting shared source development projects, including the "Atlas" Control Toolkit . There was a new...
  • Blog Post: Webcast : Me on Windows Presentation Foundation : Follow-up

    The webcast series continued this afternoon with me demonstrating the coolest bit of WinFX -- Robert Burke: Raising the Stakes with "Avalon," the Windows Presentation Foundation June 27th, 3:00pm-4:30pm GMT Session description: Why should you care about adding a groundbreaking User Experience to...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Kieran Lynam on Atlas: Follow-up

    The webcast series began today with ASP.NET MVP Kieran Lynam -- Kieran Lynam: A Lap around Atlas June 20th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm GMT Session description: ASP.NET "Atlas" is a framework for building next generation, cross-platform, browsing experiences. This webcast will demonstrate how easy it is to...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Resources for Learning Windows Presentation Foundation (Beta 2 edition)

    I've updated my " Resources for learning Windows Presentation Foundation" article to contain links to Beta 2-compatible material. There's a new WPF Community Site online, which is part of a bigger community site for all the .NET 3.0 / WinFX technologies). On that site you'll find Beta 2 versions of...
  • Blog Post: Mosaic Art by Síofra

    Irish mosaics are the next big thing ! p.s. This was part of my Atlas demo for it @ Cork p.p.s. The Síofra in " Mosaic Art by Síofra " is my missus :-)
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 2, WinFX Beta 2, Office 2007 Beta 2 (updated 9 June)

    If you've been waiting (with beta'd breath) for the ideal moment to start exploring the upcoming Microsoft developer technologies, that moment has arrived. Yesterday saw the release of three different Beta 2s: WinFX Beta 2, Vista Beta 2, and Office 2007 Beta 2. Here's what you need to know to get started...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland: Careers with Windows Live

    [Updated 29 May] Microsoft Ireland's European Development Center (EDC) continues to grow. Over 100 new research and development positions will be filled in the next 18 months. A colleague of mine from EDC's Windows Live experience team, Declan Fitzgerald, informs me that the Windows Live team is looking...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 in Visual Studio 2005

    I've recently met a number of web developers who are working with ASP.NET 1.1 and are keen to transition to Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. But lingering questions remain about migration, and what to do with existing ASP.NET 1.1 assets. Peter Laudati's recent post on migrating from ASP.NET 1.1...
  • Blog Post: More INDC online information, including Paul Hand's BizTalk presentation

    Paul Hand sent me along the Powerpoint slides from his BizTalk presentation at the Irish National Developers Conference earlier this month. The poor soul was given an interesting technology to talk about... and the same timeslot as our visitor, Scott Guthrie. So if you missed Paul's Biztalk presentation...
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